By Jeanne Kalogridis
A sensual, terrifying, tremendously complete first novel, this attention-grabbing prequel to the vintage and most well liked horror novel of all time, Dracula, makes a speciality of Dracula's great-nephew, who inherits the task of handling his great-uncle's estate...and his urge for food. Written in diary shape as Dracula is, this compulsively readable ebook has revelations that may surprise and pleasure readers of the unique. extra erotic than Anne Rice, Kalogridis is a big new voice in vampire fiction. the 1st chilling story in a thrilling new trilogy is a wealthy and terrifying old novel set fifty years earlier than the hole of Bram Stoker's Dracula. on the citadel of Prince Vlad Tsepesh, sometimes called Dracula, Vald's great-nephew Arkady is commemorated to take care of his cherished notwithstanding unusual great-uncle...until he beings to achieve what's anticipated of him in his new position. it sounds as if both he presents his great-uncle with unsuspecting sufferers to fulfill his wishes, or Vlad will kill these Arkady loves. he's trapped into turning into celebration to homicide and sadistic torture. And it truly is in his blood. whilst Arkady learns that his infant son is being groomed sooner or later to keep on with in his footsteps, he is aware that he needs to struggle Dracula, whether it potential loss of life.
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Jeffries realised the discomfort his words had provoked, and immediately switched the conversation to a lighter topic. We departed the chapel soon after, and when I left my husband and his guest in the dining-room they were engaged in a friendly argument about America’s newest literary sensation, Mister Edgar Allan Poe, and whether his poem “The Raven” was as great a work of genius as purported. And so I retired to the bedroom, thinking that, by the time I finished this entry, Arkady would return, and I would confess everything to him; but it is almost eleven now, and still he has not come.
I write this, having retired early while Arkady enjoys the charming company of our visitor, Mister Matthew Jeffries. I left them laughing in the dining-room to enjoy after-dinner cordials and cigars. I am glad Arkady has found some small joy in the man’s companionship; he needs it, poor dear, just as I need the opportunity to privately unburden my heart by writing. After witnessing the tryst between Zsuzsanna and Vlad yesterday night, I have been most troubled; but I have said nothing to Arkady yet, for he has seemed more troubled than I.
I mean no disrespect,” said I, “and I love my family and its traditions. But feudalism is not a uniquely Tsepesh custom. ” His anger abated, but the light in his eyes remained, taking on an oddly feral quality which disturbed me even more than the imagined display of rage. He smiled, his full red lips parting to show surprisingly strong and intact teeth. “Ah, sweet Arkady! I have walked this earth so long that I have grown weary of it, but your youth and innocence make me feel young again. How refreshing it is to see someone so idealistic, so charmingly naive.